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July 2020

Tools To Prepare For The New School Year

Indiana students and educators are facing new challenges as the school year kicks off. There are several online tools now available to help students, parents and teachers get ready.

The Indiana Department of Education offers remote-learning resources, such as information on improving internet access, free computers for income-eligible families, recommendations to keep children healthy, and weekly, at-home challenges to complement schoolwork. The IDOE partnered with Indiana Public Broadcast Stations in the spring to connect families to educational television programing and online resources aligned to Indiana’s academic standards. These programs are still available and can be accessed at Parents can find their local station and TV schedule by visiting

For schools offering in-class instruction, masks are required for students in third grade and higher, as well as for faculty, staff, volunteers and school visitors. The IDOE offers a guide for families to help students adjust to wearing a face covering. Masks are still recommended for younger students and exceptions are made for medical purposes, strenuous physical activity, eating and drinking.

An NWEA report estimates some children could begin the school year up to nearly a full grade level behind their peers in some subjects due to learning loss over summer break and virtual or e-learning due to COVID-19.

To help, the IDOE encourages schools to implement the newly developed Indiana Tutoring Fellowship, which allows older high school students to tutor younger students. The fellowship fulfills the Service-Based Learning Experience under Graduation Pathway Requirement #2, and allows Hoosier students to learn and demonstrate employable skills.

To participate in this program, students must be a high school junior or senior, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be in good behavioral standing. The IDOE recommends tutoring sessions take place virtually, but if students are permitted to meet face-to-face, social distancing must be followed. Tutors will work with students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

To learn more about the latest COVID-19 resources for Indiana schools, click here. Parents should also check their local school websites for the most up-to-date information. Helps Veterans, Employers Connect

As many military women and men are stationed across the world serving our country, they are also developing a unique skill set vital to today’s workforce. Indiana recognizes that veterans have a lot to offer, including a tremendous work ethic. Those who dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms can connect to rewarding careers in Indiana through an online tool called provides the most updated information for job opportunities available in Indiana’s high-demand industries like health care, logistics, manufacturing and technology. It also gives details about the skills needed for each job, the qualifications company partners look for, and the education and training programs offered for required credentials or degrees.

Finding a purposeful career can be challenging for veterans leaving active duty and transitioning to civilian life. In fact, the national veteran unemployment rate currently hovers at 9%. With over 85,000 careers in Indiana needing to be filled, our state can do its part to lower the veteran unemployment rate while meeting the needs of local employers. helps veterans begin their next stage in their careers through an easy four-step process: create a profile at, research Indiana’s in-demand jobs, submit an application to the most intriguing careers and then report back to INvets so they can help make that first connection. The free online tools and resources are also offered to spouses of military veterans.

Indiana is an incredible place to live and one of the most veteran-friendly states. Helping military members and their families, who have given up so much to protect us, connect with employers, resources and communities in our state is the right step. For Hoosier veterans or those ready to call Indiana home, find a rewarding career today at

Indiana Launches PPE Directory

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. recently launched the PPE Directory to provide small businesses and nonprofits with long-term access to personal protective equipment.

Available online at, the directory lists Hoosier companies manufacturing and distributing PPE items that include face masks and shields, gloves, eye protection, hand sanitizer and disinfectant. Shipping is free for orders placed by Indiana businesses and nonprofits. 

The directory features an initial listing of 12 Indiana companies that include: After Action Medical & Dental (Marion County), Catalyst PDG (Marion County), Fatheadz (Marion County), Fleece Performance Engineering (Hendricks County), Fusek’s True Value (Marion County), Harris & Ford (Marion County), Hotel Tango (Marion County), Kem Krest (Elkhart County), Mursix Corporation (Delaware County), Royer Corporation (Jefferson County), Sugar Creek Bottling Company (Marion County) and Worldcell Extrusions (Elkhart County).

All companies featured in the directory have been vetted by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and must meet the following requirements:

• Be headquartered or incorporated in Indiana;

• Be able to fulfill and ship orders within two business days of receipt;

• Offer free shipping to Indiana businesses and nonprofits;

• Have the ability to offer expedited shipping for a cost;

• Be able to process online orders and credit card payments; and

• Prioritize orders placed through the directory.

Eligible Hoosier businesses interested in being featured on the Indiana PPE Directory should contact

New laws supporting teachers, patients and farmers

State lawmakers work hard to craft and support policies putting Hoosiers first, and 2020 is no exception. House Republicans championed several new laws now in effect supporting teachers, patients and farmers. Here’s a look at some notable new laws:

Teachers, Students and Schools
As part of House Enrolled Act 1002, standardized test scores will no longer be required to be a part of teacher performance evaluations. This should reduce the pressure educators often feel to teach to the test and, as a result, make teaching more attractive as a career. As Indiana continues to transition to the new ILEARN exam, lawmakers also passed Senate Enrolled Act 2 so that school accountability grades cannot be negatively impacted by student scores for two years.

To help cut red tape, House Enrolled Act 1003 went into effect earlier this year to allow the State Board of Education to streamline the timing and frequency of required teacher trainings and grant waivers for schools to bypass over 1,500 regulations. This law stems from a summer study committee where lawmakers heard from educators on how to grow the teaching profession.

House Enrolled Act 1283 supports students with mental health issues, including those involved in bullying, and experiencing behavioral problems or physical illnesses. The new law ensures aspiring educators receive training on best practices to recognize students’ behavioral reactions to trauma so they can address these issues in their classrooms with increased understanding and insight.

With 33 percent of Hoosiers receiving an expected medical bill last year, as indicated by a recent survey, House Republicans took steps to prevent the unfair practice of “surprise medical billing.” Under House Enrolled Act 1004, patients will be protected from receiving surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers, and, in the case of an elective procedure, the patient will have the right to receive an upfront, good-faith estimate of expected charges. In addition, Senate Enrolled Act 5 requires hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and urgent care clinics to publish their average prices online, and a new HIPAA-compliant database of all health insurance claims will empower consumers by providing information about cost and quality.

Farmers and Rural Communities
With more than 94,000 farmers in Indiana, House Republicans continue to prioritize policies supporting these hardworking Hoosiers. Senate Enrolled Act 184 allows the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer a health benefits plan to its members. This plan is not health insurance, but would provide similar benefits to help many farmers who have limited access to affordable health care options. Other states, such as Kansas and Tennessee, have implemented similar programs through their Farm Bureaus.

To support rural communities, House Enrolled Act 1370 allows cities and towns to band together and enter into regional land banks to acquire tax-delinquent and blighted properties to restore them.

For more information on these and other new laws, visit

Indiana Career Ready offers help to Hoosier job seekers

Indiana Career Ready helps prepare job seekers for in-demand careers, regardless of their experience in the workforce. You can use this online tool to explore careers or training opportunities. This service offers resources for those in the military, living with disabilities, without a high school diploma or re-entering the workforce.

The website provides access to different customized training tools, like a job portal and resume builder, based on previous experience, which helps applicants connect with potential employers more quickly.

With over 100,000 current job openings, if you are unemployed or underemployed, you can turn to Indiana Career Ready for new opportunities.

Employers can also partner with Indiana Career Ready to attract local talent by learning how to improve job postings and recruit Hoosiers. Business partners also receive exclusive access to Indiana labor market updates and an employer portal.

Create an account at and start your journey to a new career today.

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